Welsh Grand Prix 2 Bowl Pairs

Sat 01 Apr 2017

Entries open for the Welsh Grand Prix 2 Bowl Pairs.

Entry Fee: £27.50 (£13.75 per player)

Format*

  • Pairs will be split into groups of 4.
  • The top 2 in each group will qualify for the main Cup knock-out.
  • The remaining 2 pairs in each group go into the Plate competition.
  • Matches played over 11 ends.

Note: Timings are a guide only and may vary.

Prize Money

Champions £300
Runners-up £100

* Prize money and format is subject to entries.

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Welsh Grand Prix 2 Bowl Pairs News

Bowls Trader World Cup 2017 Preview

Friday, August the 18th sees the start of the new SMPT season and as usual kicks off with the Bowls Trader World Cup at the Falcon Indoor Bowls Club in Chelmsford, England.

A big ‘thank you’ to our sponsors!

The Short Mat Players Tour would like to thank all the sponsors of this year’s Bowls Trader World Cup which takes place at Falcon Bowling and Social Club on Friday 18th August 2017. In addition to the title sponsors, Bowls Trader, we would like to thank the following team sponsors for their support: Raw Electrical Ltd, BPM Engineering Ltd, Gwrhyd Specialist Stone Quarry and Skien Fritidspark.

UK Open 2017: Show Mat Fixtures Confirmed!

The SMPT Show Mat concept was first introduced at the World Masters in 2015 to enable the optimal viewing of special games. The Show Mat has since been used at many events including the Irish Open, Swedish Masters and Norwegian Open. Thanks to our new larger venue, this season's UK Open will also have a Show Mat and as usual a game from each session has been selected which we believe deserves to take centre stage!

Bowls Trader World Cup & UK Open 2017 Draw

The Bowls Trader World Cup & UK Open draws have now been made.

Latest World Rankings development sees ranking points halved after one year

Latest World Rankings development sees ranking points halved after one year

The World Rankings are based on the ranking points earned by players over a rolling 12 event period. Therefore the World Rankings represent performances across a minimum of 1 event and a maximum of 12 events.

Rules: Welsh Grand Prix

  • The Dress Code is relaxed, except that footwear must be proprietary bowling shoes or sandals.
  • The number of ends to be played in each game will be as follows: 2 Bowl Pairs = 10 ends, 3 Bowl Pairs = 8 ends.
  • 2 bowls per player in 2 Bowl Pairs. 3 bowls per player in 3 Bowl Pairs.
  • 2 dead ends are allowed per team per match; the 3rd and any subsequent dead ends will be 3 shots away and the end will count except for the last end of a match where it will be 3 shots away and the end replayed.
  • Players may visit the head at any time.
  • Players must indicate both verbally and by raising their arm, to notify all players on their mat and those on neighbouring mats, whenever they intend to play a running bowl. This is to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Players should play in adherence with the SMPT Code of Conduct. Suspected collusion or other unsporting behaviour may result in immediate expulsion from the competition, and may affect acceptance in future SMPT events.
  • Any disputes must be raised with the Competition Organisers at the time. In this, and in all other matters, the Competition Organisers' decision is final and binding.
  • Both teams are responsible for keeping their own scorecards and ensuring that both scorecards are the same.
  • Scorecards must be signed by both teams at the end of a game.
  • Measuring may be done by players, umpires or the Competition Organisers.
  • In the Group Stages 3 points will be awarded for a win and 1 point for a draw.
  • Group positions will be decided by:
    • Points
    • Relative head to head results (results against those tied on the same points)
    • Total shot difference
    • Shots for
    • If all the above are equal a 3 end play-off will determine the positions. See 'Tie-break Rules' below.
  • A team who for whatever reason misses one group game, will still be allowed to continue in the event. The opponents in the missed game will be awarded with the win, 3 points and 1 shot for each of the scheduled number of ends for games at the event e.g. 10 end pairs games would be a 10 v 0 win and 8 end pairs games would be a 8 v 0 win.
  • A team who for whatever reason misses two or more group games will be withdrawn from the event. All teams in the group will be awarded with the win, 3 points and 1 shot for each of the scheduled number of ends for games at the event e.g. 10 end pairs would be a 10 v 0 win and 8 end pairs would be a 8 v 0 win. Any results recorded against the withdrawn team prior to withdrawal will not be counted.
  Tie-break Rules
  • The SMPT’s best of 3 end tie-break will be used in Knockout rounds to decide which team progresses when a game finishes as a draw. It will also be used to determine the positions in a group if teams finish equal on all of the following: points, relative head to head results (results against those tied on the same points), total shot difference and shots for.
  • 1 bowl per player.
  • Toss to start – winner has the choice of taking the jack on 1st & 3rd ends, or 2nd end.
  • Closest bowl to the jack wins the end.
  • First team to win 2 ends wins the match.
  • Touchers are not marked. Any bowl entering the ditch area will be removed.
  • Each team may cause one dead end in the tie-break without penalty; the end to be replayed. A team causing a 2nd dead end will automatically lose that end.
  • A tied end will count as 0.5 ends to each team.
  • If, after 3 ends the score is 1.5 ends each, a one end sudden death play-off will take place. Toss to start.
All rules will be ESMBA, apart from those listed above.
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